Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment


The Ocean County College Repertory Theatre Company will perform PROOF by David Auburn from October 19-22 and 27-29, in the Black Box Theatre, Grunin Center for the Arts, Ocean County College, Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River, NJ. Please use Parking Lot #2. Tickets are on sale now.

On the eve of her 25th birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions … the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire … and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father’s, who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draws Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s madness – or genius – will she inherit? Continue reading “PROOF” UNCOVERS A MYSTERY ON THE GRUNIN CENTER MAIN STAGE


Résonances boréales – Northern Vibes shows how classical music can take on an unusual form when it kicks off the classical series at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College for the 2017-2018 season. Performances take place on the OCC Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River, NJ.

Résonances boréales – Northern Vibes: Wednesday, October 4, 2:00 p.m., and Friday, October 6, 7:30 p.m., $20. Light Refreshments will be served. Location: Novins Planetarium. This unique classical concert takes the form of a multimedia projection in the planetarium. With an upright piano anchored to the rock of the Canadian Shield, Roman Zavada created new piano compositions inspired by the aurora borealis of the Northwest Territories. Zavada then returned to the scene of his creation to capture with his video team the northern lights in 360 degrees and in real time. Acclaimed by critics and the public for its beauty and originality, this outstanding 360 degree piano performance immerses the audience above the 60th parallel deep into the heart of the northern spirit.


Families Will “Quack Up” at Walnut Street Theatre for Kids’ Production of HONK! JR.

Kids and their adult friends and families will love the WST for Kids’ production of HONK! JR.. Based on Hans Christian Anderson’s classic fairytale, The Ugly Duckling, this hour-long musical will be performed LIVE at Walnut Street Theatre September 23 through October 8, 2017.

Ugly is one odd looking baby duck that doesn’t quite fit in, a fact soon noticed and mocked by the other farmyard animals. With the help of a whole flock of unique characters, Ugly sets off on a wild adventure where he soon learns to accept and love what makes him different.

The full-length musical fable HONK! premiered in London’s West End in 1999, becoming the first new British musical to be produced at the prestigious National Theatre. In 2000, the show won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical, with other nominees including The Lion King and Mamma Mia!. Since then, HONK! has taken flight across the world with over 8,000 productions. Following the show’s ongoing success, HONK! JR. was created, an hour-long adaptation, perfect for young audiences. Continue reading Families Will “Quack Up” at Walnut Street Theatre for Kids’ Production of HONK! JR.


Enjoy a celestial experience at the Robert J. Novins Planetarium (Bldg #13) on the Ocean County College Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River, NJ.  Please park in Parking Lot #2.  Enjoy a variety of laser, kids, and sky shows!


Sat, Oct 7142128 at 8:30pm; Mon, Oct 9, and Sat, Oct 2128 at 2pm – Laser Fright Light (Ages 10 & over) Looking for a unique way to send chills up your spine? Your favorite Halloween hits are set to haunting lasers! Playlist: “Attack of the Radioactive Hamsters,” “Godzilla,” “Boris the Spider,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Dead Man’s Party,” “Devil Went Down to Georgia,” “Frankenstein,” “Feed My Frankenstein,” “Iron Man,” “Men In Black,” “Monster Mash,” “Purple People Eater,” “Re: Your Brains,” “Thriller,” and a Horror Movie Theme Medley: Halloween,InsidiousJawsNosferatu, and Psycho.


The Drowsy Chaperone

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.

When: October 13th – 15th

Where: Bengal Theatre (Barnegat High School)

AC Ballet Ushers In Its Fall Season With Two Ballets That Showcase The Company’s Range & Versatility

The last thing one expects is a ballet about a hurricane and an English rock group yet the Atlantic City Ballet stays true to giving audiences the unexpected by presenting two ballets that explore both. The Atlantic City Ballet starts its fall season with a special five year anniversary performance of In the Eye of the Storm. Created in 2013 after Super Storm Sandy, this ballet explores the impact of nature on mankind and the resilience of spirit that enables
people to overcome and transcend even the most devastating circumstances. Inspired by area Sandy Survivors, it brings the message of hope to all people who are affected by events that are out of their control. On the same program is Impressions, choreographed to the music by the Beatles brings the feeling of that era to life and captures the athleticism, freedom and passion of the company’s dancers. This ballet set to the instrumental versions of some of the Beatles iconic songs includes such classics as Here Comes The Sun, Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds and Michele. Impressions is making its debut after a 5 year absence from the ballet’s line up and opened to rave reviews and critical praise when it premiered in 2012.

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Walnut Street Theatre’s 2017-2018 Independence Studio on 3 season opens with Broadway’s tribute to a woman of song, SOUVENIR, A FANTASIA ON THE LIFE OF FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS. Written by Stephen Temperley and directed by Debi Marcucci, the production begins with previews on September 12th, opens September 14th and continues through October 15th.

It’s time to believe again in the power of music! SOUVENIR is based on the story of one of opera’s most unforgettable stars. Florence Foster Jenkins, an eccentric and wealthy socialite, believes she is an enchanting coloratura soprano and wants to share her talent with the world. After teaming up with a new pianist, Cosmé McMoon, she begins to hold recitals at the Ritz Carlton, festooned in fabulous costumes. She becomes a sensation! Unfortunately, the truth is Mrs. Jenkins can’t sing. But, there’s more than one way to get to Carnegie Hall… Based on a true story, this tuneful comedy beguiles the hopeful artist that lives in us all. Continue reading SOUVENIR, A FANTASIA ON THE LIFE OF FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS

A PLASTIC OCEAN: The Shocking Truth

Citizens are urged to attend the screening of A PLASTIC OCEAN, the award-winning documentary that uncovers the shocking truth about what is truly lurking beneath the ocean’s surface in an effort to raise public awareness about our overuse of plastics and how we can reverse this devastating epidemic. Clean Ocean Action and the Lighthouse International Film Festival are collaborating with local groups including: Alliance for a Living Ocean, Garden Club of Long Beach Island, Town of Long BeachReClam the Bay and Ship Bottom Volunteer Fire Company to present this powerful film. The screening is on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Ship Bottom Fire House-at 2006 Central Avenue, Ship Bottom,NJ 08008, hosted by the Ship Bottom Volunteer Fire Company. Join the partnering organizations from 5:30pm – 6:30pm for an informative pollution solutions tabling session. The film will begin at 6:30pm. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. Clean Ocean Action asks attendees to bring their own reusable beverage container to reduce litter at the event. Continue reading A PLASTIC OCEAN: The Shocking Truth

AC Ballet Announces Children’s Auditions For Nutcracker

We may have a couple of more weeks of summer left but the AC Ballet is thinking about a Sugarplum Fairy and a magical doll! So grab your mistletoe and candy canes and get ready for Nutcracker children’s auditions. In its 35th year, the Atlantic City Ballet is preparing to give area dance students an opportunity to work alongside its professional company of dancers. It is an opportunity most dance students will never forget and memories that will last a lifetime. Over the past 35 years, Ms. Papa, the company’s Founder and Artistic Director, has cast thousands of children in the ballet’s
production. So many, in fact, that now Nutcracker alumni are bringing their children to audition. The tradition will continue this year with performances at Stockton Performing Arts Center and the Circus Maximus Theater at Caesars Hotel in Atlantic City. In addition, the company will also be returning to The Strand Theater in Lakewood and will be accompanied by the Garden State Philharmonic. Auditions will be Sunday September 17, 2017 at the ACBT Performing Arts Academy in Egg Harbor City. All local dance students are encouraged to audition.

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‘The Velveteen Rabbit, Reborn’ Hops Into the Stockton Performing Arts Center on September 30

Children will enjoy the magic of Pushcart Players’ “The Velveteen Rabbit, Reborn” when it hops into the Stockton University Campus Center Theater on Saturday, September 30.

A young boy’s love and a little nursery magic help transform the Velveteen Rabbit from a favorite plaything into a real rabbit. The Boy and Velveteen embark on exciting imaginary adventures, from deep dark caves to the wide open sea, and together they learn the true meaning of friendship in this musical re-telling of one of America’s favorite storybooks. Continue reading ‘The Velveteen Rabbit, Reborn’ Hops Into the Stockton Performing Arts Center on September 30